Maybe I am crazy, but...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by mimmo, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    I keep A/B'ing my Fender Telecaster AV 64 and Classic series 60s and actually prefer the Mexican :eek::eek:

    I don't want to open a can of worms, I have been on TDPRI enough to know that this kind of threads have been started maybe too much times. But my MIM is actually a better overall guitar: I know and I can feel the superior quality of the components of the 64 (wood, pickups, electronics, finish - at least for some people) but I repeat: the overall feeling is way better on the MIM.

    I also own an AV52 Telecaster and A/B'ing it vs the MIM...well, I have no doubt here! The 52 wins hands down in every respect, it is simply a great, great guitar. And it seems to have been built around my hands. It is "perfect" to me.

    Have you experienced something similar? And - that is my question - would you trade the 64 for a different flavoured guitar? I own two acoustics and four teles, and am thinking about a direct trade for a LP Junior or something as punk-y as it (SG Jr maybe?).

    Here she is, posing in my much missed Parisian flat, sporting a one-ply pickguard (the original mint green is back now). And before a setup (look at that saddles!!)

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    Cheers.
     
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  2. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Holic

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    I did it when I bought my Tele down at 1998... I tested dozens of Teles, I had big money and didn't care on expending as much as the guitar would cost. I had my first job and wanted a real Telecaster... tested vintages, expensive, signatures 2k, 3k, 4K guitars and at the end bought a Black standard one for less than 1K just because I liked her more than the others (And I didn't wanted a black one at all!!!)

    Life is like that... she finds you, so keep it

    And still is my #1
     
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  3. Mudman32

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    Same with an AO 50’s strat and a mim 60’s series. Sold the 50’s. Just found a avri 57 though, and I parted with the 60’s after that monster. Tons of min are killer guitars with a good setup.
     
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    The guitar finds you. Who knows where it’s made, who made it, what it’s made from? If it’s yours, really yours, none of that matters.


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  5. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I used to own a 1980s MIJ Fender Contemporary Telecaster (adored by the internet nowadays, so easy to sell!) and a much cheaper 1980s plywood-bodied MIK Squier Stratocaster. The Squier just had so much more life to it to play, felt much livelier — plywood or no!
     
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  6. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    You're not crazy, my favourite tele cost me $220 bucks and doesn't even say Fender on the headstock.:eek:
     
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    Oooh, what's on the headstock?

    Tokai, Fernandes, Vintage, Tesco, Satellite, G&L, err I'm out.

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  8. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    It's a Squier CV.:)
     
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    If the materials and hardware going into the guitars are comparable, there's no reason to think one made in Mexico won't be as good as one made in the U.S.; the difference is in the labor cost/relative costs of living. Labor statistics show Mexicans are the hardest workers in the world, the product quality shouldn't be too surprising.

    And, as we all know, guitars are individuals and sometimes everything comes together just right. *"It's magic!"
     
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  10. Tonetele

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    Your choice. All I can say is I used to be the singer and our pianist lent me his '61 SG Les Paul Jr. - unbelievable for such a simple guitar. It even had the old ( not intonated ) wrap around bridge/tailpiece
    Perfect- so many tones from a Gibson vintage P-90..
     
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  11. rze99

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    A common experience. I expect. Some guitars just hang right and have a combination of small factors that others don’t.

    That said my best playing Tele - and I do have a lot - is my Custom Shop 63. It’s just brill. Also most of my builds (at thousands less than CS) also compete very closely because I put together what I know works for me and spend ages getting them just right. My own custom shop.
     
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    Has a Squire cv Telecaster and it is far and away my go to. Les Paul, Duo Sonic, Clapton Stratocaster, and an
    Airline Twin Tone (#2) can't compare. You can play it hard, play it soft, high gain, whatever, it is a workhorse.
     
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    Yes, it happens. My favourite (see avatar) is a MiM Standard Tele. Next is a MiJ.

    On the other hand I have a Squier Jazzmaster which is completely blown away by my American Original JM so it works both ways.

    I've long wanted a LP Junior too. Although I think I'd go for a Gordon Smith GS1 version. Don't think I'd trade in any of my current herd for one though.
     
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    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Plus for Les Laul Junior. Hard to go wrong. But I do miss that neck pick up for maybe the 10 percent of time I spend on it when I’m using it.
     
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    mkdaws32 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I have a Squier Affinity Strat that is surprisingly good. Gets as much play time as my Am STD tele and Lite Ash Strat and Tele. I’ve been fine tuning the setup on all four of these over the past couple of months and I seems to have achieved a 4 way tie for my number 1 guitar.
     
  16. Nick Fanis

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    No.

    Only the MUCH better pickups of the 64 (the classic doesn't even have a real tele bridge pickup,it misses the baseplate so it sounds thin and wimpy) is enough for me to choose the 64.

    Maybe it's a matter of SET UP (something that in 99% of the cases is why we "like" a guitar)
     
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    It is a relief to read those comments, people judging guitars from a player's point of view and not the price tag.
     
  18. mimmo

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    Actually no, it is not a matter of set up. Both guitars have been set up by the same luthier, both play very well.

    It is hard to explain, it is the "sum of its parts" thing, I suppose. In my hands the MIM is just a better guitar, and trust me: I do love the specs of the 64. I love the whole AV line!

    On paper I would agree with you, but in real life I can't.
     
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  19. Nick Fanis

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    To each his own I guess,I have played both guitars and the classic 60s felt like a "piece of plastic" to me while the 64 felt way more "real & organic" and was also around 1 kg lighter.........
     
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  20. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, I hear you, but I wouldn't miss the neck pick up (hopefully): I have both single and humbucker pick up's in my teles so I am pretty sure I can satisfy most of my needs, especially considering the middle positions.
    I have always loved Gibson's Juniors, especially the LP double cut: hopefully someone will make me an offer I cannot say no to!
     
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